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Making Music with Computers by Andrew R. Brown, Bill Manaris

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Chapter 1

Introduction and History

Topics: Pythagoras (music, nature, and number), the Antikythera mechanism, Kepler’ s harmony of the world, cymatics, fractals, electronic music, computers and programming, the computer as a musical instrument, running Python programs.

1.1 Overview

This chapter provides a quick tour of some of the major technological landmarks in Western music history and computer science. When we think of computer music, we usually imagine electronic technologies, particularly the synthesizer, computer, and sound recording devices. These devices are products of the information age in which we live. This age focuses on computational thinking, that is, using computers in creative ways to manipulate data and perform various tasks, ...

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